Silicon Alley video news site AlleyWire threw its first Innovators’ Gala Thursday at Above Allen in the Thompson Hotel. The Gala celebrated the launch of the new AlleyWire website, the start of the company’s “100 Startups in 100 Days” project, and the spirit of innovation. Planned using Host Committee, the event brought together some of the most talented members of the NYC innovation community for networking, socializing, drinks, and dancing. There was also a live audition for AlleyWire correspondents, Pure Yoga session giveaways, and raffles for other great prizes. A portion of the Gala’s proceeds benefited New York Cares—a volunteer organization that assists disadvantaged New Yorkers through a variety of community programs.
AlleyWire tells stories of innovative people, companies, and events in New York, and presents these originally-reported videos in a professional, creative, and entertaining way. Past coverage includes a look at online marketplace CaterCow, an interview with the founders of HireArt, and an informative piece on affiliate software and service company NMRKT. AlleyWire’s “100 Startups in 100 Days” project will give 100 burgeoning businesses the chance to present their product or service to potential investors, customers, and business partners in the most diverse and populous city in the country, and the largest financial center in the world. Although AlleyWire Founder Neil St. Clair concedes that the undertaking may take longer than 100 days, the coverage could be an entrepreneur’s big break. The company plans to feature innovative companies outside of New York, and to expand into markets across the country and internationally. For more information about AlleyWire, visit www.AlleyWire.com.